Selena Marie Gomez (/səˈliːnə məˈriː ˈɡoʊmɛz/ sə-LEE-nə mə-REE GOH-mez;[3] Spanish pronunciation: [seˈlena ˈɣomes];[4] born July 22, 1992) is an American actress and singer. Having appeared as a child in the children’s television series Barney & Friends, Gomez rose to fame as the leading role in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place (2007–12).